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As A Woman, Watching ‘Wonder Woman’ Served As A Beautiful Reminder That I Could Probably Kill Someone With A Sword

In the days since I saw Wonder Woman, I’ve had a lot to reflect on. The movie not only smashed box office earning records and featured a female director, but it also showed a powerful representation of a strong, confident female superhero kicking ass on-screen. As a woman, watching Wonder Woman was a transformative experience that I’ll never forget, because it served as a powerful reminder that I could probably kill someone with a sword.

As I left the theater, my eyes were opened to a totally new possibility: I could maybe someday stab and kill a person with a sword if I ever wanted to, and the fact that I was a woman wasn’t going to stop me.

When I saw Wonder Woman in full armor emerging from the trenches on a battlefield and killing Germans with her sword, I knew this movie would be different than any other movie I had seen before. As a woman, seeing a powerful feminine figure command the screen and shove her weapon deep within another human made me think about how swords actually don’t look that hard to use, and I could probably stab or slice someone to death, no problem. With the help of a fully fleshed-out, inspiring female character, I learned something very transformative about myself and my ability to harness the power of the blade that I, somewhere in my life living as a woman, had sadly forgotten. “I could… probably do some damage with a sword?” I thought to myself upon leaving the theater. “I could at least at least hack someone up pretty bad, if not outright kill them. Yeah?”

Yeah!

While Wonder Woman fought and stabbed her way through battle after battle, my eyes filled with tears. It finally hit me: I, a female, could buy a sword and kill someone with it, and that was a choice I could make. If I picked a random person on the street and just sort of swung that thing around, just like the totally kickass Wonder Woman showed me, I could probably hurt them pretty bad, if not murder them outright. These are thoughts I never had while watching a film in recent memory, and a thought that I hope empowers women everywhere.

Yes, I’ve seen men kill with swords in movies all the time, but when I looked in the mirror, I never saw Superman or Batman staring back. Now when I look in the mirror, I see myself, a proud woman holding a samurai sword looking kind of confused about how to hold it but also pretty sure she could figure it out if the urge to kill ever hit her hard enough. I wish I had this movie when I was a kid. If I had known at 10 that I could probably kill someone with a sword, where would I be today? I probably would not have killed anyone, for what it’s worth, but to know I could? That would have been priceless.

For me personally, Wonder Woman was a powerful reminder that I could stab someone with a sword. I spent my entire life not even thinking that this was a possibility, but now, thanks to this movie, I’ll never stop thinking about it. So, as a woman, I encourage every woman to see it and know that you could also probably kill with a sword. All you have to do is believe.

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Sword Fights Movie Montage by ClaraDarko.

This is FANTASTIC!

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Generally released animation looks its worst this year, and the Beauty and the Beast remake certainly doesn’t help, so it’s a good thing (for us, at least) that Anime Limited and Manga are working together on a once-a-month strategy to bring current anime releases as well as a 20th anniversary re-release of Perfect Blue to select, big-name cinemas across the UK as alternatives to crass Hollywood junk. In This Corner of the World, Napping Princess and Lu Over the Wall, for example, are slated to compete with Despicable Me 3, The Nut Job 2 and The Star. This trend kicked off with last year’s release of Makoto Shinkai’s masterpiece Your Name, which will open in the States next week to save us all from Smurf terror. So mark your calendars, obviously.

ithinkihopr  asked:

So in movies I've seen sword clashes where they will just try and use brute force to take out the other person until one succeeds or backs out. Is there a reliable other way to get out of that clash or is that actually how it happens?

So, Matt Easton over on his Scholagladitoria channel talked about how this was stupid in one of his videos, and we linked it in one of our asks, but I can’t find it now. The answer is when you’re looking at sword duels, those movie sword clashes are dumb. They’re an excuse for these protracted monologues which should end before they begin with someone being socked in the jaw.

See, that’s the thing. You can use other parts of your body. You disengage, they come forward, and you hit them with your fist.

Swords aren’t brute force weapons, and it’s actually fairly difficult to lock them together. This situation wouldn’t be occurring if both actors weren’t choosing to participate in this specific way. It doesn’t work like this because one of the key factors in basic hand to hand combat also applies to swords. This is that if you have two people shoving at each other, both applying equal force in an attempt to push the other back, one can simply let go. With no force to push against, the other person becomes unbalanced and they fall.

Strength isn’t the only way to win. In fact, it’s a fairly bad one to bet all your chips on. With movies, these scenes are supposed to be a symbolic expression of strength and combat ability. The winner shows his dominance over the loser. It’s the sort of stupid Alpha dog shit that will get you killed in real life because strength, at least the way most people think of it, means a lot less than it seems to. Combat and defense aren’t built on physical resistance all the time, they’re mutable, and shifting. Sometimes, you just let go and end up in a better position than the one you started in.

Say someone has you by the arm and their pulling you, but you don’t want to go with them. You can resist by planting your feet and drawing back in the opposite direction which is what they expect or you can go with them. By go with them, I mean physically throw yourself at them. They give you a nice hard yank and you use that as a launch pad, use it against them, and hit them so you both topple to the ground.

The logic of combat is conservation of energy. You only have so much to work with and are constantly expending it, so you want to win as fast as possible. Endurance training will expand your pool, martial training gives you more resources to work with, but the pool itself is always finite.

Pushing against another human who is applying equal force to you takes more energy than letting go. You use up that finite pool faster, wear out your muscles with constant tensing. It’s a bad position, one you don’t want to be in. With a sword, when you lose out you get stabbed. Unless you’re specifically of the mindset where you’re chasing death, you want to win.

The Hollywood version of the sword clash is there to give the actors a breather and spout their dialogue, which is the kind of talking you usually can’t get off in a tense fight anyway. You need that air to breathe so the oxygen goes back into your blood, and your attention on keeping the other person from killing you. Witticism is for when things aren’t serious.

-Michi

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ITS BACK!!! movie night masterpost! all links work as of august 11, 2014 (if you want to request/recommend movies here) I’m reposting this because it was highly requested and it got deleted for the second time, I also added more films!!

  • 10 Things I Hate About You
  • 13 Going on 30
  • 17 Again
  • 21 Jump Street
  • 22 Jump Street
  • 27 Dresses
  • (500) Days of Summer
  • A Cinderella Story
  • Aquamarine
  • Bride Wars
  • Bring It On
  • Bring It On Again
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Clueless
  • Confessions of a Shopaholic
  • Confessions of a Teenage Dramaqueen
  • Crazy, Stupid Love
  • Disturbia
  • Donnie Darko
  • Easy A
  • Ella Enchanted
  • Forrest Gump
  • Freaky Friday
  • Friends with Benefits
  • Ghosts of Girlfriends Past
  • Girl, Interrupted
  • Great Gatsby
  • Grown Ups
  • Grown Ups 2
  • Jennifer’s Body
  • John Tucker Must Die
  • Juno
  • Just My Luck
  • Labour Pains
  • Leap Year
  • Legally Blonde
  • Legally Blonde 2
  • LOL
  • Lolita
  • Maid in Manhattan
  • Mean Girls
  • Mean Girls 2
  • Miss Congeniality
  • Miss Congeniality 2
  • New Year’s Eve
  • New York Minute
  • Pitch Perfect
  • Princess Diaries
  • Princess Diaries 2
  • Project X
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
  • She’s the Man
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Slumdog Millionaire
  • Stuck in Love
  • Submarine
  • Sucker Punch
  • Switch
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • The Devil Wears Prada
  • The Heat
  • The Hunger Games
  • The Last Song
  • The Notebook
  • The Parent Trap
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • The Proposal
  • The Tourist
  • The Virgin Suicides
  • The Vow
  • Titanic
  • V for Vendetta
  • Warm Bodies
  • Water for Elephants
  • What Happens in Vegas
  • Yes Man

Final Destination:

  • Final Destination
  • Final Destination 2
  • Final Destination 3
  • The Final Destination
  • Final Destination 5

Harry Potter:

  • Harry Potter And The Philosophers Stone
  • Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets
  • Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire
  • Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix
  • Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince  
  • Harry Potter And The Deathly Hollows Part 1
  • Harry Potter And The Deathly Hollows Part 2

Men in Black:

  • Men in Black I
  • Men in Black II
  • Men in Black III

Pirates of the Caribbean:

  • The Curse of The Black Pearl
  • Dead Man’s Chest
  • At World’s End
  • On Stranger Tides

Star Wars:

  • Episode I: The Phantom Menace
  • Episode II: Attack of the Clones
  • Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • Episode IV: A New Hope
  • Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
  • The Clone Wars

Saw:

  • Saw
  • Saw II
  • Saw III
  • Saw IV
  • Saw V
  • Saw VI
  • Saw 3D (7th Movie)

Step Up:

  • Step Up
  • Step Up 2
  • Step Up 3
  • Step Up Revolution

The Hangover:

  • The Hangover
  • The Hangover 2
  • The Hangover 3

Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit:

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Twilight Saga:

  • Twilight
  • New Moon
  • Eclipse
  • Breaking Dawn: Part 1
  • Breaking Dawn: Part 2

Marvel:

  • The Amazing Spider-man
  • The Avengers
  • Captain America
  • Fantastic Four
  • Hulk
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • Iron Man
  • Iron Man 2
  • Iron Man 3
  • Spider-man
  • Spider-man 2
  • Spider-man 3
  • Thor
  • X-Men
  • X-Men First Class
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine
  • X-Men The Last Stand

Disney:

  • Aladdin
  • Aladdin The Return of Jafar
  • Aladdin and the King of Thieves
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Alice in Wonderland 2010
  • The Aristocats
  • Atlantis the lost Empire
  • Antlantis Milos Return
  • Bambi
  • Bambi II
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas
  • Beverly Hills Chihuahua
  • Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2
  • Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3
  • Brave
  • Brother Bear
  • Brother Bear 2
  • A bugs Life
  • Camp Rock
  • Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam
  • Cars
  • Cars 2
  • The Cheetah Girls One World
  • Chicken Little
  • A Christmas Carol
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn treader
  • Cinderella
  • Cinderella II Dreams come True
  • Cinderella III A Twist in Time
  • Collage Road Trip
  • Cow Belles
  • Dadnapped
  • Dinosaur
  • Dumbo
  • The Emperors New Groove
  • Enchanted
  • Escape to Witch Mountain
  • Fantasia
  • Fantasia 2000
  • Finding Nemo
  • Fox and the Hound
  • Fox and the Hound 2
  • Frankenweenie
  • Frenemies
  • Frozen
  • Game Plan
  • George of the Jungle
  • A Goofy Movie
  • An Extremely Goofy Movie
  • Halloweentown
  • Halloween town II: Kalabar’s Revenge
  • Halloweentown High
  • Hannah Montana Movie
  • Hercules
  • High School Musical
  • High School Musical 2
  • High School Musical 3
  • Holes
  • Home on the Range
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • The Incredibles
  • Inspector Gadget
  • Inspector Gadget 2
  • James and the Giant Peach
  • John Carter
  • Jungle Book
  • Jungle Book 2
  • Lady and the Tramp
  • Lady and the Tramp 2
  • Lilo and Stitch
  • Lilo and Stitch 2
  • Lion King
  • Lion King 2
  • Lion King 1 ½
  • The Little Mermaid
  • The Little Mermaid 2
  • Lizzie Mcguire Movie
  • Marry Poppins
  • Mars Needs Moms
  • Mickeys Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the house of mouse
  • Monsters Inc.
  • Monsters University
  • Meet the Robinsons
  • Mulan
  • Mulan II
  • The Muppets
  • National Treasure
  • National Treasure: Book of Secrets
  • Oliver and Company
  • Oz: The Great and the Powerful
  • The Pacifier
  • Peter Pan
  • Peter Pan 2
  • Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension
  • Pinnochio
  • Pixel Perfect
  • Pocohantos
  • Pocahontas 2
  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
  • Princess and the Frog
  • Princess Protection Program
  • Race to Witch Mountain
  • Ratatouille
  • The Reluctant Dragon
  • The Rescuers
  • Return to Halloweentown
  • Robin Hood
  • The Santa Claus
  • Santa Claus 2
  • Santa Claus 3
  • Sky High
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarves
  • The Sorcerers Apprentice
  • Space Buddies
  • Spooky Buddies
  • The Suite Life Movie
  • Sword in the Stone
  • Tangled
  • Tangled Ever After
  • Tarzan
  • Tarzan 2
  • Tarzan and Jane
  • The Tigger Movie
  • Tinker bell
  • Tinker bell and the Great Fairy Rescue
  • Tinker bell and the Lost Treasure
  • Tinker bell: Secret of the Wings
  • Toy Story
  • Toy Story 2
  • Toy Story 3
  • Treasure Planet
  • Tron Legacy
  • Underdog
  • Up
  • WALL-E
  • Wizards of Waverly Place Movie
  • Whinnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Christmas
  • Whinnie The Pooh Movie
  • Wreck-it-Ralph
  • Your Friend The Rat
  • 101 Dalmations
  • 101 Dalmations II
  • 102 Dalmations
SWORD ART ONLINE THE MOVIE: ORDINAL SCALE

that got dark real fast but got cute again idk it was beautiful

touched on interesting controversial concepts surrounding increasingly immersive technology

kirito finally not being op (at least for a while) and experiencing the struggle of being a noob

asuna being a badass

kirito and asuna being awkward teenagers

sword art online throwbacks

kirito not wearing all black for once

kirito making pasta

i had a good time

In honor of Sword Art Online’s new movie, Ordinal Scale, I really felt the need to see some SAO!KilluGon brought into this world. So I went ahead and commissioned the wonderful @banakiri to draw just that! 

I figured Killua would look better as Kirito, and Gon in the Knights of the Bload Oath outfit, because white hair with a black outfit, and black hair with a white outfit sounds sick. And I think it looks awesome.

Anyway, enjoy!